Jeff Jarrett sues Anthem Sports over GFW Amped footage

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Jeff Jarrett sues Anthem Sports over GFW Amped footage

Post by Big Red Machine » Aug 14th, '18, 15:39

Source: www.F4WOnline.com

By Bryan Rose | @br26 | Aug 14, 2018 1:59 pm


Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Entertainment Inc. have filed a lawsuit against Anthem Sports, the parent company of Impact Wrestling, citing copyright and trademark infringement.

PWInsider first reported on the lawsuit earlier today, and Pro Wrestling Sheet uploaded the lawsuit, which claims that Anthem, along with their Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions company. have continued to use and profit footage from the Global Force Wrestling Amped tapings from several years ago without Jarrett’s permission.

The suit claims that both parties talked about merging back in December of 2016, and in May of 2017 signed a term sheet. The document noted that GFE would retain all rights to the Amped footage. The plans for the two companies to merge were never finalized and were dropped when Jarrett was fired from Impact Wrestling in October of that year.

Despite the non-merger, the lawsuit claims that Anthem has continued to profit off of the Amped content, which was distributed as a four part pay-per-view series, and has failed to provide any compensation towards Global Force Entertainment or Jeff Jarrett. They also said that Impact does not have a license allowing them to distribute the footage, which has been shown on the Fight Network website, Anthem’s wrestling distribution service Global Wrestling Network and is also available on Impact’s online store in DVD form.

Additionally, the lawsuit also brought up similarities between the Global Wrestling Network and Global Force Wrestling, citing the similar green colors and name.

Jarrett and GFE seek punitive or treble damages at least three times the amount of Anthem’s profits or GFE’s damages, whichever is greater, due to what they say is “the nature of the defendants wanton and willful conduct." They also look to have all of the footage from the Amped tapings, as well as any other additional footage, destroyed and removed from Anthem’s archives, save for the original masters which GFE wants back.


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Re: Jeff Jarrett sues Anthem Sports over GFW Amped footage

Post by KILLdozer » Aug 14th, '18, 17:31

Ok sure lol.
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Post by KILLdozer » Aug 14th, '18, 17:32

He's not really doing anything else right now so...
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Re: Jeff Jarrett sues Anthem Sports over GFW Amped footage

Post by cero2k » Aug 28th, '18, 18:38

**UPDATE**

PWInsider: https://www.pwinsider.com/article/11995 ... s.html?p=1

JARRETT & GFE DENIED EXPEDITED DISCOVERY REGARDING GFW MASTER TAPES

By Mike Johnson on 2018-08-28 15:18:00

As we reported yesterday on PWInsider.com, Jeff Jarrett and his company Global Wrestling Entertainment had sought an order from the United States District Court of Tennessee regarding the Global Force Wrestling master copies, requesting an expedited discovery regarding the masters while also requesting ruling requiring Impact Wrestling's parent company Anthem Sports & Entertainment to allow them access to the masters so they can be copied as Jarrett's side has filed a copyright on each hour of the 16 hours worth of footage.

Yesterday, the court denied that order, ruling that it has not even been confirmed that Anthem has even been officially served with the lawsuit, noting that the motion wasn't even sent to Anthem's attorney, but "only a registered agent" for Anthem. The court noted that even if they ruled in Jarrett's favor, they would "have no idea" who to send the order to, since there are not attorneys attached to the Anthem side as of 8/27.

Jarrett's 8/10 motion noted that GFE needed access to the master copies of the tapes because of a "Copyright Office imposed deadline of September 8, 2018, to submit copies of the episodes to the Copyright Office." The court ruled that Jarrett had not shown they could not receive an extension from the copyright office, therefore there was no rush on access to the tapes.

The court also ruled that the original motion featured no "memorandum of law" attached that would prove GFE and Jarrett's arguments, per local court rules.

The GFW masters were originally filmed as a potential TV series titled GFW Amped! which never found a broadcast home. The footage was re-purposed as PPV content by Anthem during their ill-fated relationship with Jarrett, which included an announced merger between Impact and GFW that was never completed after Jarrett was released by the company in the wake of personal issues. Despite that agreement never being seen through to completion,, Impact went forward with using the GFW content and were selling it on DVD until Jarrett's lawsuit was filed on 8/10.

Court records still do not indicate Anthem has been officially served with the lawsuit, There has been no response from Anthem filed before the court. Impact Wrestling officials have also not responded to PWInsider.com requests for comment on the situation.

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